The Victorian middle class, anxious to demonstrate their new found wealth and social standing, surrounded themselves with all categories of amusing articles. This is a figural inkwell crafted in oak depicting an outside toilet. The inkwell is the lavatory set in a wooden bench, exactly as they were in life. It has a lid and a door for privacy and a small drawer to hold stamps, nibs etc. Under the roof would be used for blotting paper. The base is 7 inches by 5 inches, the outhouse is 5 inches tall with an overall height of 7 inches. It is a one-off piece with wonderful workmanship and a superb patina to the oak. Circa 1870.
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